Who knows what randomness Zipf’s Law will bring into your day? The path from the train station to the lab takes you through a bit of beautiful forest. A couple of weeks ago, one of my coworkers saw a biche in the forest on the way to work. After some discussion, we concluded that the English word for this is a doe. This got me thinking about just how rare some of the words that you know in your native language are. I guess that if you belong to a hunting culture in North America, the words for deer might be a lot more common in your life than they are in mine–I don’t hunt, and the incidence of these words in my world must be incredibly low. Yet: I have a reasonably well-developed vocabulary for talking about deer, like any other English speaker, I imagine. Let’s see some French equivalents:
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- le cerf: deer. (You probably already know that one, but I include it for completeness.)
- la biche: doe.
- la venaison: venison.